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Millwall 'focused on the job at hand', says Harris

28 May 2016

The boss previews Sunday's big game

Neil Harris says Millwall will be ready for business on Sunday after a 'colossal' week of build-up to the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final against Barnsley at Wembley.

By the time kick-off comes around it will have been nine days since The Lions overcame Bradford in the Semi-Final second leg, while Paul Heckingbottom's side will have had an extra day to prepare having despatched of Walsall on the Thursday before.

Naturally off the field preparation has been more intense than any normal fixture and Harris admits that his more experienced players have had a big role to play in the last few days.

"Training has been key, as has the recovery from two tough games against Bradford," the boss said.

"The build-up this whole week is colossal and is something many of the players wouldn't have experienced before. 

"You have to use the experience of the senior players, who have to lead, and it's no different for myself and Dave Livermore. 

"It's about managing the fine margins between preparation off the pitch and on it. That has been key this week."

Harris, who also played for Millwall at the 'new' Wembley in 2009 and 2010, achieving promotion in the latter, is calling on his players to focus only on the game and not the occasion.

"We've got ourselves into a wonderful position and we are certainly in the Play-Off Final on merit," he added.

"We deserve to be there and there's no doubt in the mentality of the group; we are going there to win.

"Naturally there is a lot at stake and subconsciously that is always in your mind, but the players have to focus on the game and not the occasion. That's the biggest thing.

"But we've had a real focus about us for a period of time now and that won't change this weekend. We will be ready.

"All preparation has been taken care of and now we're focused on the job in hand and how we affect the game.

"I trust my players. They have been excellent this year and it's an absolute privilege to be their manager. On the day it's down to them so let's have a proper Millwall performance."
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